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Manaus is not a good choice to be Olympic venue, said FIFA

Manaus is not a good place to be Olympic venue, it is too far away from the host city of Rio de Janeiro, announced by FIFA on Thursday. FIFA thinks that Manaus being Olympic venue would bring inconvenience to all footballers.

Organisers of the 2016 Games included the Amazonian city as a potential venue earlier in the day.

It joins two stadiums in Rio and others in the possible host cities of Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Salvador and Sao Paulo. All of them built or renovated stadiums for football’s 2014 World Cup.

FIFA, however, told Reuters it preferred to have venues close to Rio, not 1,770 miles away like Manaus is.

Manaus, Olympic venue

“We do not consider Manaus as a suitable first option for a hosting venue,” world football’s governing body said in an emailed statement.

“Given the Olympic football tournament is only two weeks long, FIFA’s preference has also always been on short distances between the other football venues and the Olympic city Rio de Janeiro to provide the participating teams with the best possible Olympic experience.”

FIFA and the Brazilian Football Confederation will decide which cities to use by March, Olympic committee president Carlos Nuzman told reporters in Rio.

Brazil will send Sixteen men’s teams and 12 women’s teams in the competition to win the Olympic gold, which is the only major title Brazil have not won. See more Olympic football tournament information on